City Manager David Cavazos released the 2012-13 Phoenix budget for community review that is structurally balanced, includes $5.3 million of program and service additions, and proposes no new fees or taxes for the public.
For the first time in five years, the city has achieved a structurally balanced budget that does not use financial transactions or direct cuts to community services to balance the city’s budget.
Included in the $5.3 million of new services are:
• Adding firefighters and paramedics to maintain acceptable ambulance response times, as required by state law.
• Adding weekend swimming pool hours at nine pools in August through Labor Day.
• Increasing important grant funding for the arts.
• Increasing evening hours at five branch libraries and morning hours at Burton Barr Central Library.
• Adding Neighborhood Services staff to remove illegal signs, inspect for blight and paint over graffiti.
• Re-establishing youth sports programs at four parks.
• Adding civilian positions to the police department so sworn officers can return to more critical patrol and speciality assignments, as recommended in the Police Efficiency Study.
• Increasing programming in senior centers.
Starting the first week in April, residents are invited to 17 community meetings scheduled throughout the city and one online conversation to provide input and suggestions about the budget.